***UPDATE ON THE VILLAGE CHURCH & KAREN SITUATION***
Matt Chandler gave a sermon addressing general church discipline matters and asked for forgiveness regarding anonymous situations at The Village Church (video of sermon here). It comes across as a sincere apology. I appreciate Chandler acknowledging counsel turned to control at times and naming that as leadership sin.
That said, some questions remain unanswered:
1) Why did they not name such sinful control issues in their specific written apology regarding Karen Hinkley to their members if they thought it was an issue?
2) By putting Karen under church discipline and releasing her, are they saying as Matt Chandler teaches in the video that they cannot affirm her as a fellow Christian?
3) And given a do-over, would they have chosen not to put Karen under church discipline or does their “correct” theology dictate otherwise?
Since these things were not addressed and named specifically in their letter, it remains questionable whether they are really repenting of these issues in regard to Karen’s situation. They may not be even talking about Karen’s situation when asking for forgiveness regarding control issues. We do not know. What we do know is that they did not name that as the major problem in their direct communication on the matter. Hopefully, that will change as I hope this was a sincere apology and recognition from leadership that the issue was not simply delivery but an illicit power grab.